The human pangenome reference consortium looks to improve the human genome reference sequence


New grants from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will enable scientists to generate and maintain a new and comprehensive human genome reference sequence that represents genetic diversity in the human population. Known as a ‘pangenome,’ the more complete reference sequence will represent 350 genomes from the human population. The newly funded Human Genome Reference Program (HGRP) will advance the quality of the available human genome reference sequence to enable researchers to find disease-causing variants with more accuracy. Coriell is part of the pangenome consortium and samples from the 1000 Genomes collection will be used for the project. Information about the human genome reference sequence can be found on the NHGRI website and updates about the pangenome project can be found on the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium website.

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